Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – The local Rotary Club of Playa del Carmen is trying to expand their current services to include a mobile soup kitchen for those in need.
Currently, they serve more than 200 meals per day for those living in poverty, but say it’s just not enough.
Fernando Perez Vega, president of the Rotary Club, says that the largest majority of people they feed each day are those who have arrived to Playa – mostly from Chiapas — with promises of work, only to lack the resources and end up living in poverty. He says the hardest hit areas they tend to are Ejidal, 120 Avenue and Calle 2.
“Most of the people we serve are people of Chiapas that sometimes come in precarious conditions that often do not have five pesos to pay for food, and when that happens we feed them for free,” he said.
Figures from the Treasury of Urban Development show that 2015 has been one of the fastest growing in the area of construction, which has attracted people from different parts of the country to move to Playa del Carmen for work. Over last year, Playa has gained a 38 percent increase in developments, however, unemployment is consistent with those who visit the soup kitchen.
In the coming weeks, the Rotary Club will be adding a second dining room in Lázaro Cárdenas del Río park in Colonia Colosio, a dining room which they will fund themselves, to increase the space to accommodate about 200 people.
When it comes to the much-needed mobile truck, Perez Vega says, “It would be a style like a fast (food) truck to move around. We are analyzing the cost of the mobile food truck because the current room requires an investment of 120,000 pesos to roof it.”